Brambleberry Farm
Brambleberry Permaculture Farm LLC

Berries

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American Elderberry 2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

Bob Gordon American Elderberry : Newer improved variety, very similar to 'Wyldewood.' High Yields and superior fruit quality. Elderberries are nutritional and medicinal powerhouses, having both antibacterial and antiviral properties, immune boosting properties, and loads of vitamin C. Needs another American Elderberry for pollination, such as 'Wyldewood.'  Prefers full sun but can take some shade.  Flexible on soil requirements but thrives in moist, fertile soils.  Height and width about 8'.  

High Yielding, larger improved fruit quality, wet-loving, plant two varieties for pollination.  Full Sun to Part Shade.

 

Wyldewood American Elderberry : Newer improved variety.  High Yields and superior fruit quality.  Elderberries are nutritional and medicinal powerhouses, having both antibacterial and antiviral properties, immune boosting properties, and loads of vitamin C.  Needs another American Elderberry for pollination, such as 'Bob Gordon.'  Prefers full sun but can take some shade.  Flexible on soil requirements but thrives in moist, fertile soils.  Height and width about 8'.  

High Yielding, larger improved fruit quality, wet-loving, plant two varieties for pollination.  Full Sun to Part Shade.


Wild American Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis): Locally sourced wild plants.

Large spreading shrub with edible flowers and fruit, wet-loving, plant two varieties for pollination.  Full Sun to Part Shade.

 

 

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Aronia (black chokeberry)  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

Medium-sized, attractive, native shrub with 3 season interest.  It is also a practical and prolific berry producer.  Aronias have gained fame recently as a super fruit due to their very high levels of antioxidants.  They are flavorful but astringent and not very sweet, so not super great to eat out of hand (although our picky toddlers loved them last summer).  However, they make a tasty addition to smoothies, jam, baked goods, etc.  The bushes are very productive and the blueberry-sized berries form in easy-to-pick clusters.  We have had some success harvesting with a blueberry rake, but prefer to just snip clusters; removing stems afterwards at the kitchen counter.  Berries are firm, so no worries about squishing as you pick, and they hold on the bush for a long time, so you can wait for the whole bush to ripen and pick all at once.  They are also not as plagued by birds as other berries, and are pest and disease free.  One of our favorites for edible landscaping.  Partial shade to full sun.  Self-fertile but may do better with a pollinator.  Zones 3-8. 

 

McKenzie Aronia (black chokeberry) (Aronia melanocarpa): A seedling selection with improved vigor, large flower clusters, and good production.  8-12' tall.  

Blueberry-sized fruit born in clusters, high antioxidants. Self-fertile, but may produce better with pollinator. 8' tall.  Full Sun to Part Shade.

 

Seedling from 'Nero' Aronia (black chokeberry) (Aronia melanocarpa): Parent plant 'Nero' gets just 4' high.  Ours is a little taller, but still only 5-6'.  Good fruit production.  

Blueberry-sized fruit born in clusters, high antioxidants. Self-fertile, but may produce better with pollinator. 4' tall.  Full Sun to Part Shade.

 

 

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Goji Berry  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

 

Botany Shop Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum): Large, spreading shrub.  Fast growing.  Pretty purple, star-shaped flowers attract many pollinators.  Famous for the antioxidants in it's small red berries, which have a sweet tomato-like flavor when fresh. This variety has rounder leaves than most and is from a nursery in Missouri.  Leaves and shoots are edible, and are valued by some as much as the fruits.  Typically 8 ft tall x wide, vigorous growth, and easily tip-roots so be careful if you don't want it "walking all over".  Full sun to part shade, self pollinating.  Dislikes soggy soils and is drought-resistant--great for "high and dry" spots that get baked in the sun; however it is very adaptable.  Zones 5-9  

Variety selected for large edible leaves.  Antioxidant-rich berries, 8-10 ft tall & wide, self pollinating.  Zones 5-9.  Full Sun to Part Shade.

 

 

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Goumi berry  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

Seedling of 'Sweet Scarlet' Goumi berry (Elaeagnus multiflora): Another nitrogen-fixing shrub, though it is not a legume.  Very similar to autumn olive, though it is smaller in stature, has bigger berries borne in spring, and is not known to be expansive (invasive).  Thorny-stemmed bush to 8’ tall, covered with abundant early flowers that cast a strong floral fragrance.  These are followed by oblong, silvery-red, juicy 1/2” berries that have a soft, chewable seed in the center (interesting side note that this seed is very rich in healthy oils).  They have a flavor like a tart cherry mixed with apple and are the first berries to ripen here.  Fully self-fertile.  

1/4" sweet-tart berries, attractive 6' tall by 5' wide shrub, very disease and pest resistant, nitrogen fixer, self fertile.  Full to Part Sun.

 

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Haskap Honeyberry  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

Edible blue honeysuckles are commonly known as Honeyberries, or Haskap.  Native to northern Russia, Japan, and naturalized in Canada, this shrub can grow as a low, sprawling or upright bush.  "Haskap" refers to Lonicera caerulea emphyllocalyx and related cultivars which originate from northern Japan and tend to be a little more suited to our zone 6 summers than the more cold loving Russian varieties, but they still benefit from afternoon shade in our area.  Haskap honeyberries are some of the earliest fruit to ripen in the spring.  Ours typically begin to ripen 2 weeks before our 'Earliglow' strawberries.  Fruit may be oblong, barrel, or flattened bullet in shape and contain high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C. As Bob Bors describes the flavor… “it could be described as sweet, sour, bland or bitter versions of raspberry, blueberry, plum or black currents and any mixture in-between. The best ones however seem to have a predominantly raspberry flavor with sweetness and just a hint of sour or bitter or astringency to give a little zing. That little zing might be described as desirable ‘mouthfeel’ in the world of red wine tasting”. Seeds tend to be small and unnoticeable.

 

Borealis Haskap Honeyberry (Lonicera caerulea):  

1" long sweet-tart berries, 4-6' tall.  Part Afternoon Shade.

 

Pollinizer Haskap Honeyberry (Lonicera caerulea):  

3/4" long sweet-tart berries, 4-6' tall.  Part Afternoon Shade.

 

Tundra Haskap Honeyberry (Lonicera caerulea):  

1" long sweet-tart berries, 4-6' tall.  Part Afternoon Shade.

 

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Highbush Cranberry  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

 

Phillips Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum): An edible native Viburnum, also known as Cramp Bark for it's muscle-relaxing medicinal properties.  Very pretty ornamental bush producing prolific umbels of white flowers, followed by showy clusters of edible but very tart, red berries.  Fast growing, 8-10' tall, has nice fall color and interesting winter form.  'Phillips' variety was selected by Elwyn Meader for better flavor and nice berry color.  Prefers a moist spot, but is adaptable.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Self-fertile.  

Ornamental native edible berry, also known as Cramp Bark.  Self-fertile.  Full Sun to part shade.

 

 

 

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Northern Highbush Blueberry  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

Blueberries can be a challenge in our region's heavy clay soils, though these soils are generally on the acidic side which blueberries need.  They will thrive with good site preparation and continued mulching; naturally acidic pine bark or pine needles are best, but hardwood chips/bark and sawdust will do.  Ideally, plant in slightly raised beds and amend the soil with generous peat moss, pine bark and alfalfa meal (or other nitrogen source); finishing with a good thick layer of pine bark mulch or pine needles.  Apart from their pickiness regarding soil conditions, blueberries are one of the best choices for practical edible landscaping; once established, they are a beautiful low maintenance bush with good fall color.  You may be fighting the birds for them, but if you plant them in front of a window you can at least think of them as a pretty bird feeder :)  Bird netting is an effective deterrent but you may still have chipmunks steal your fruit by scooting under the nets.  Our blueberries need at least 2 varieties for pollination.

 

Earliblue Northern Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum): early season.  One of the earliest varieties.  Med-large fruit.  Self-pollinating but produces better with another variety as a pollinator.  4-6' tall.  Zones 5-7  

Early season. plant two different varieties for pollination.  Full to Part Sun.

 

St. Cloud Northern Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum): early season.  One of the earliest varieties.  Med-large fruit with good flavor and high yields.  Needs another variety as a pollinator.  4' tall.  Zones 3-8  

Early season. plant two different varieties for pollination.  Full to Part Sun.

 

Patriot Northern Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum): early season.  Very large berries gradually decrease in size over a long harvest window.  Good storage qualities in the fridge.  Slower growing but still productive.  More tolerant of heavy soil than other varieties.  4-5' tall. Zones 3a-7  

Early season. plant two different varieties for pollination.  Full to Part Sun.

 

Bluray Northern Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum): mid-season.  Large, sweet berries.  4-6' tall.  Zones 4-8  

mid-season. plant two different varieties for pollination.  Full to Part Sun.

 

Bluecrop Northern Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum): mid-season.  One of the most widely planted commercial varieties.  Medium to large berries are firm with good flavor and can be machine harvested.  Very good disease resistance.  4-6' tall.  Zones 4-7  

mid-season. Disease resistant. plant two different varieties for pollination.  Full to Part Sun.

 

Berkley Northern Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum): mid-late season.  Very large, firm, mild tasting berries.  4-6' tall.  Zones 4-7  

mid-late season. plant two different varieties for pollination.  Full to Part Sun.

 

 

 

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Black Raspberry  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

 

Jewel Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalus): Early season.  A time-tested variety which still holds the main spot in nursery catalogs, and for good reason.  Black glossy berries about twice the size of wild black raspberries, twice the yield, and strong, anthracnose-resistant canes.  Definitely needs trellising or you will wind up with tip-rooted plants everywhere!  Has all the flavor of wild black raspberries—simply delectable!  Canes can grow over 10’ long; best to tip at 5'.  Space 2.5’ apart in row.  Needs well drained soil or a raised bed. Self fertile.  

sweet wild flavor, huge berries, early season.  Full Sun to Part Shade.

 

Mac Black Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalus): Late season.  Very similar to Jewel; large and copious berries, resistant to anthracnose, but later ripening to extend the black raspberry season by about 2 weeks.  Space 2.5’ apart in row.  Needs well drained soil or raised bed. Self fertile.  

sweet wild flavor, huge berries, late season.  Full Sun to Part Shade.

 

 

 


 

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Red Raspberry  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

Autumn Bliss Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus): Early season production, it is an “everbearing” type.  ‘Autumn Bliss’ has somewhat sturdier canes and does not need a trellis.  Plant 1’-2’ apart in row; will fill in row with suckers in a year or two.  All raspberries dislike soggy roots; raised beds are a good strategy for the heavy clay soils in this region. Self fertile.  

everbearing, earlier season fall crop.  Full Sun.

 

Caroline Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus): Very vigorous, one of the best-flavored "everbearing" types: will crop early summer and again in the fall if only the dead (second year) shoots are selectively pruned out every winter. Most market growers (including us) mow down the entire plant every winter, resulting in a heavier crop of high quality berries in the fall only. Has good resistance to root rot diseases, but still needs a raised bed to thrive in our heavy clay.  Tolerant to grey mold. Caroline has shown exceptionally high antioxidant levels compared to other red raspberries.  Plant 1’-2’ apart in row; will fill in row with suckers in a year or two.  Does not need trellising.  Self fertile.  

everbearing, disease resistant.  Full Sun.

 

Joan J Thornless Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus): Thornless, stout canes produce very large sweet berries.  It is a primocane or "everbearing" type: will crop early summer and again in the fall if only the dead (second year) shoots are selectively pruned out every winter. Most market growers (including us) mow down the entire plant every winter, resulting in a heavier crop of high quality berries in the fall only.  Red raspberries require a raised bed to thrive in our heavy clay.  Plant 1’-2’ apart in row; will fill in row with suckers in a year or two.  Does not need trellising.  Self fertile.  

thornless! Everbearing.  Full Sun.

 

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Thornless Blackberry  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

Natchez Thornless Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus): Semi-erect, but best grown on a trellis.  One of the largest fruited blackberries available, good sweetness and small seed size (for a blackberry).  Early season, about 2 weeks earlier than Triple Crown.  Blackberries do well in almost any soil in our region.  Space 3’ apart in row.  Self fertile.  

Sweet, Early Variety, Semi-Erect.  Full Sun to Part Shade.

 

Triple Crown Thornless Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus): Trailing type, needs trellis. Our most productive (per plant) of the sweet thornless types. Large berries, fast growth, smaller seeds.  Blackberries will tip root and give you many more plants if you fail to tie them to the trellis.  Canes can grow 10’ or more but best to tip them at 4'-7'.  Blooms very late so avoids the occasional freezes that can hurt the blossoms of earlier blackberries.  Blackberries do well in almost any soil in our region.  Mid to late-season ripening.  Space 5’ apart in row.  Self fertile.  

Sweet, Trailing type, extremely vigorous.  Full Sun to Part Shade.


Strawberries: find these under "Herbaceous Layer"


Ribes Spp.

Black Currant  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

 

 Black Currant (Ribes nigrum): Unknown variety, given to us by a friend.  Black currants are taller than red currants (to 5’) and produce deep purple-black fruits in clusters.  The berries have a very strong flavor; heavy and musky with a slight astringency.  Not as sweet as other Ribes, but are great for flavoring drinks and making jelly.  Full of antioxidants and minerals.  Can take more shade than gooseberries.  Very adaptable plants--have withstood many droughts without any watering and don't even blink at soggy conditions.  Space 3’-5’ apart in row. Self fertile.  

Aromatic, flavorful, height to 5', self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.

 

 

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Gooseberry  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

Thorny bushes naturally deter deer; the refreshing, sweet-tart, crispy berries are definitely worth dealing with thorns! These are the most productive berries in our gardens per square-foot of space and time invested in managing them. We only offer varieties that are very sweet when ripe and have not shown powdery-mildew on their foliage. Bushes are thorny and reach 5’x5’ if left unpruned. Pruning can easily keep them 3’x3’. Self fertile. 

 

Candysweet Gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa): We got the parent plant from a friend who called it 'Catherine,' but the fruit doesn't match up to that variety's description.  We are very impressed with it's flavor--we decided to call it 'Candysweet'.  It is a prolific bearer of dime-sized, super sweet reddish round fruits.  Showing similar drought-hardiness and adaptability as Pink Round.  Self fertile.  

Smaller, very Sweet-Tart berries.  Full Sun to Part Shade.

Hinnomaki Red Gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa): Prolific bearer of good sized swee-tart fruit.  Flavor has been compared to plums. Self fertile.  

Sweet-Tart Flavorful Berry.  Full Sun to Part Shade.

 

Pink Round Gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa): Likely ‘Poorman’ or ’Pixwell’ but not known for sure; we got a start from a friend's bush.  Fruit hangs well under the canes for easy harvest.  Our most prolific bearing gooseberry, fruits are round and blush a bright pink peachy color when ripe.  A little tart but still very sweet and delicious eaten fresh.  Resists drought and weeds better than any other we've seen.  Self-fertile.  

Sweet-Tart, Vigorous.  Full Sun to Part Shade.

 

 

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Jostaberry  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

 Jostaberry : A complex cross between gooseberry and European black currant.  The resulting tetraploid (simply has two sets of genes—don’t worry, this is not GMO) plant is incredibly vigorous growing and taller (to 7’) than either of its parents.  I consider Jostaberry as one of the best edible landscape plants — has fragrant cream/maroon flowers all over in spring and leaves stay glossy and green all summer.  Best of all, it is thornless!  Berries about the size of a marble, sweet/tart like a ripe gooseberry with a hint of blackcurrant flavor.  Can take more shade than gooseberries.  Space 3’-5’ apart in row. Self fertile.  

eddible ornamental.  Full Sun to Part Shade.



Ribes Spp.

Red Currant  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

 

 Red Currant (Ribes rubrum): Unknown variety, given to us by a friend, probably ‘Red Lake’ or ‘Cherry Red’.  We have found red currants to be slightly less vigorous than black currants or jostaberries.  They seem to have a little more trouble coping with the hot summer temperatures in our area, a good reason to give them some afternoon shade.  They are pretty little plants when the red berries are ripe, like strings of ruby pearls cascading down from everywhere on the plant.  Berries are very tart, with a mild fruity flavor and nearly no sweetness—great for edible garnishes, baked goods and jellies.  Plants are much shorter (3’ tall) than black currants.  Can take some shade.  Space 2’-3’ apart in row. Self fertile.  

tart red pea sized berries, height to 4', self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.


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*size designations are nominal. We use “trade gallons” (which are slightly less than a gallon) as well as recycled pots that may vary in exact size.  Every plant may not be available in every size listed.  Gallons are common for grafted trees and quarts are most common for everything else.  There are usually a very limited number of two gallon plants available – first come first serve.